Belgium commences Falcon 7X training

The Belgian Air Component has started training operations using the first of two Dassault Falcon 7X VIP transport aircraft.

On April 29, the first Falcon 7X – registration OO-LUM (c/n 4) – was pictured visiting Doncaster-Sheffield Airport (DSA), South Yorkshire, UK, on a training flight.

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Belgium's first of two Falcon 7Xs - registration OO-LUM (c/n 4) - at DSA Airport during a training flight. Glenn Beasley

In Belgian service, the aircraft – alongside a second example, registration OO-FAE – will be operated as part of the so-called 'white fleet', which comprises the service’s VIP transport aircraft. The Falcon 7Xs will replace the air arm’s current fleet of Dassault Falcon 900 and two remaining Embraer ERJ-135LR aircraft, being used to transport the Monarchy of Belgium, government ministers and high-ranking military officials.

The delivery of the Falcon 7Xs to the Belgian Air Component is the result of a dry-lease contract agreement – worth €124m – with Abelag Aviation, which will last for 12 years. The deal was originally announced in September last year, before being cancelled a month later and finally reinstated in January of this year.